Will Taking a Laxative Affect the Baby?

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Will taking a laxative (one dose) while pregnant cause meconium in the waters? I'm 38 weeks.

ANSWER

Probably not, but it would be better to solve the problem with your diet. High fiber foods (raisin bran, frozen mixed veggies, beans, leafy greens), water, and exercise for starters. Then drink something hot in the a.m. when you get up. Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM

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